Databricks and Booz Allen Bring Unified Analytics to Government Clients

Databricks, a provider of analytics software founded by the original creators of Apache Spark, and Booz Allen Hamilton, a provider of machine learning services to the U.S. Federal Government, are helping federal agencies scale their data analytics capabilities and accelerate AI initiatives across on-premise, hybrid, and cloud environments.

Booz Allen will integrate Databricks’ product and the open source technology Delta Lake into its Open Data Platform and offer the ability to deploy on cloud, hybrid, or on-premises infrastructure along with services for data science and data engineering.

Citing the results of a 2019 Gartner survey about game-changing technologies, the companies say that all industries and levels of government see the top three most important technologies as AI/machine learning (27%), data analytics/predictive analytics (22%), and cloud technologies (19%).

However, they contend, right now the industry continues to see government organizations encounter challenges when trying to pursue these initiatives due to complex security and compliance requirements, poor scalability of legacy IT infrastructure, and perceived risks associated with cloud and IT modernization efforts.

“By leveraging a solution that integrates Databricks’ product and Delta Lake into the Booz Allen Hamilton Open Data Platform, government organizations can accelerate current data initiatives no matter where their data lives today,” said Dan Tucker, vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton. “Many of our clients are interested in moving to cloud but leverage on premise or hybrid environments today. The joint solution is designed to improve the reliability and performance of today’s on premise infrastructure and makes future migration to cloud faster and easier because these workloads can also run on the secure, cloud-based version of Databricks Unified Analytics Platform.”

Booz Allen’s Open Data Platform (ODP) features open source software to manage the full lifecycle of big data from ingest to insight. With this partnership, Booz Allen can integrate Databricks’ product and Delta Lake with ODP and offer government clients the ability to deploy it on-premise or onto hybrid infrastructure—along with expert data science and data engineering insights—to help accelerate current data initiatives.

“Booz Allen and Databricks recognize federal customers are at varying levels of adoption when it comes to cloud adoption. Together we are providing a solution that is ready now and future proof,” said Michael Hoff, senior vice president of Business Development and Partners at Databricks. “The ability to gain new insights for data-driven decisions is no longer limited by legacy infrastructure or complex security and compliance requirements. Our solution set enables organizations to gain value, regardless of where they are in the IT modernization journey, and it provides a path for continued evolution.”

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